A Link to the Canal’s Past
Films of the Delaware Canal during the first half of the 20th century and interviews with men and women who worked on the Canal are available thanks to the efforts of the Solebury Township Historical Society and the cooperation of the National Canal Museum in Easton.
Two members of the Society, who are also dedicated members of the Friends of the Delaware Canal, collaborated with the National Canal Museum to preserve the Museum’s cassette and film collection.
Robert McEwan, Society Vice President and archivist, and Elizabeth Carrick, the Society’s web consultant, have devoted a tremendous number of hours to evaluating the collection and publishing the best video and oral histories on the Solebury Township Historical Society website.
So, if you’ve wondered what the Delaware Canal was like when mule teams pulled coal-laden boats to market, you can now find out – just click below to view and listen on the Society’s website:
Delaware Canal Video and Oral Histories
Books of Interest for Readers Young and Old
A Guide to the Delaware & Hudson Canal – David G. Barber
Geography, Geology and Genius – Martha Capwell Fox
Pennsylvania’s Delaware Division Canal: Sixty Miles of Euphoria and Frustration – Albright Zimmerman
Death of a Great Company – W. Julian Parton
Delaware and Raritan Canal at Work – Linda J. Barth
The Delaware Canal: From Stone Coal Highway to Historic Landmark – Marie Murphy Duess
The Delaware Canal: A picture story – Robert J McClellan
Delaware and Lehigh Canals – A pictorial history of the Delaware and Lehigh Canals – Ann Bartholomew and Lance Metz
Delaware Canal journal: A definitive history of the canal and the river valley through which it flows – Bill Yoder
The Amazing Pennsylvania Canals – William H. Shank, P.E.
Bridgetender’s Boy – Linda J. Barth
Illustrated children’s book that tells the story of the son of a bridgetender on the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
Tales of the Towpath: Adventures Along the Lehigh & Delaware – Dennis Scholl
The story of a young boy’s adventures along the Lehigh and Delaware canals. Illustrated by Bucks County artist, Dennis Gerhart, “Tales of the Towpath” is a 24-chapter, soft cover book.
Mule Boy – Joan Gilbert
Mule Boy presents the history and operation of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh and Delaware canals through the fictional adventures of a boating family, the Oberfeldts.